Sunday, May 5, 2013

13-year-old-boy shoots 6-year-old-sister

We just don't fucking learn! The two kids were home alone in Oakland Park (South Florida) when the teen found the loaded handgun.

The shooting appears to have been accidental and the girl is in critical but stable condition. Nevertheless, parental negligence has likely ruined two young lives. I am living testament to the fact that a bullet wound is often a life-long event.

Guns in the home kill innocent people.

According to the Southern Medical Association;
  • A gun in the home is twelve times more likely to result in the death of an innocent person (usually a family member) than a criminal. 
  • The most common cause of deaths occurring at homes where guns are present, by far, is suicide. Many of these self-inflicted gunshot wounds appear to be impulsive acts by people without previous evidence of mental illness. 
  • Guns in the home are also associated with a five-fold increase in the rate of intimate partner homicide, as well as an increased risk of injuries and death to children.
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